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Investigation Maradona received inadequate medical care in the hours leading up to his death, report reveals

His death last November from a heart attack at his home near Buenos Aires shocked the country where he was a revered figure

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Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

The Argentine football legend Diego Maradona received inadequate medical care before he died last year, a new report released this week has revealed.

His death last November from a heart attack at his home near Buenos Aires shocked the country where he was a revered figure and prompted three days of national mourning.

Shortly after his death, prosecutors launched an investigation into the football legend's death after his long battle with addiction and ill health.

The investigation included searches of his property and probes into his personal care.

In March, a medical board was set up by Argentina's justice department to look at claims that the 60-year-old was not being looked after properly.

In a 70-page document released this week, the panel stated that Maradona “started to die at least 12 hours before” he was found dead in his bed.

The report adds: "The action of the health team in charge of treating DAM (Diego Armando Maradona) was inadequate, deficient and reckless.

"He presented unequivocal signs of a prolonged agonizing period, so we conclude that the patient was not properly monitored from 00:30 on 25/11/2020," the report said.

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Maradona was a World Cup winner in 1986.

Maradona was a World Cup winner in 1986.

Maradona was a World Cup winner in 1986.

They also found that his treatment was rife with “deficiencies and irregularities” and the medical team had left his survival “to fate”.

Maradona underwent surgery on November 3, just four days after he celebrated his 60th birthday at the club he coached, Gimnasia y Esgrima.

However, he appeared in poor health then, and had trouble speaking.

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He died in his bed in a rented house in an exclusive Buenos Aires neighbourhood, where he was receiving home care.

Maradona did not have “full use of his mental faculties” and should not have been left to decide where he would be treated, the experts added.

Maradona’s neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz are under investigation as well as two nurses, a nursing coordinator and a medical coordinator.

The finding could result in a case of wrongful death, and a prison sentence of up to 15 years if convicted.

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